1. Refresh your Deck or Patio
First you want to clean as much as you can off with a high power pressure soap wash. Unleash the power of water to soften and disperse dirt, grime, and stubborn stains of all types. Sometimes you need more than water to cut through all the crud. For particularly stubborn grime, use liquid deck cleaner, with or without mildew inhibitor.
Once this is done and dry, you take the time to refinish all of your wood. This weather is really hard on wood and this is the best way to make it last! If, after all your efforts, your deck, though clean, still looks shabby and gray, perhaps it's time to refinish it. Given their constant exposure to the elements, most decks need a new coat of paint or stain every two or three years.
2. Inspect Your Roof
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the weather, and if there are any problems with it, you want to know about them before cold weather hits. You should be cleaning your gutters in the early fall anyway, so go ahead and inspect your roof while you’re up on the ladder. Look for cracked, broken or missing shingles/tiles. Check your gutters for the gritty black residue that signals worn out asphalt shingles.
If you need to replace your roof, late summer or early fall is a great time to do it – the weather is still warm, but not too hot, and you’ll have a new roof just in time for winter to protect your home from ice, snow, falling tree limbs and other seasonal hazards. Do you want to end up trying to patch a leaky roof that’s sitting under six inches of snow? No, definitely not.
3. Check Your Doors and Windows!
Part of your windows and doors’ function is protecting you from harsh weather conditions. These are constantly exposed to the changing climate and the outside world, so expect some wear and tear. Nevertheless, just because these do a great job protecting your home, it doesn’t mean that these are invincible.
Those small cracks and damage will accumulate, which can reduce the service life of your casement windows and patio doors. To prevent this from happening, these need regular maintenance. This goes double if you have old wooden windows or doors. These are more susceptible to cracks; rot and mildew are also a constant threat. Wooden windows and doors need a lot of care and attention to keep them performing well.